Tuesday, January 15, 2008

And the Winner is...........

The American Library Association just annouced the 2008 winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

The winner is The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean.

This summary was taken from ALA's website.

Fourteen-year-old Symone's exciting vacation to Antarctica turns into a desperate struggle for survival when her uncleĆ­s obsessive quest leads them across the frozen wilderness into danger.

McCaughrean has won numerous awards for children's literature in her native England. Celebrated for her novels, picture books and folklore adaptations, The White Darkness is her first contemporary young adult novel.

"Symone's unforgettable voice propels this journey of discovery in a book that is intricately plotted, richly imaged and brings new meaning to the term unreliable narrator," said Printz Award Committee Chair Lynn Rutan. "Readers will need to hang onto their snow goggles in this compelling book in which nothing is as it seems at first glance."

The 2008 Honor Books are:

  • Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet by Elizabeth Knox
  • One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke
  • Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins
  • Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath By Stephanie Hemphill

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